More than 8,000 jobs were available across the country during February, according to the latest apartment jobs report from the National Apartment Association (NAA).
Apartment jobs represented 36.8 percent of all the real estate sector jobs, just under last month’s figure, according to the NAA report from the NAA Education Institute.
Denver placed in the top 5 markets for the third month in a row, slightly edged out by Indianapolis.
Leasing consultant apartment jobs in high demand
Leasing consultants were in high demand in the latest report. And the greatest concentration of demand for leasing consultants was in Austin.
For leasing consultants, median market salaries were below $28,000 per year, but most employers would consider candidates with less than two years of experience, yet another sign of a tight labor market.
Maintenance-tech skill set still highly sought as titles change
The change in the proportion of job titles over the past five years is not only reflective of demand, i.e. the highly sought-after maintenance tech, but of recruiters providing more focused and appealing titles, the NAA Education Institute report says.
The generic “apartment manager” has given way to “community manager,” while the surge of assistant property managers and maintenance supervisors reveals a clear career path within those sectors.
The greatest increases in skills desired for all types of positions included both specialized skills such as Yardi Matrix software, and soft skills, particularly writing and collaboration.
National apartment association jobs report background
The jobs report focuses on jobs that are being advertised in the apartment industry as being available, according to Paula Munger, Director, Industry Research and Analysis, for the National Apartment Association’s Education Institute.
“Our education institute is a credentialing body for the apartment industry. They hear often that one of the biggest problems keeping our industry leaders up at night is the difficulty in finding talent, attracting talent and retaining talent,” Munger said. “Labor-market issues are happening in a lot of industries, certainly with the tight labor market we have.”
NAA partnered with Burning Glass Technologies. “They have a labor-job posting database that is proprietary,” she said, and they can “layer on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). We looked at that and thought we could do something that is really going to help the industry and help benchmark job titles and trends as we go forward,” Munger said.